Wellness is a dynamic state of physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being that can be achieved even in the presence of a chronic illness or disability. For a person living with MS, the road to wellness involves more than treatment of the disease.
Aquatic Therapy and MS
The unique qualities of water provide exceptional benefits to people with MS. Water helps people with MS move in ways they may not be able to on land. Learn why.
- Exercise as a part of every day life
- Stretching for people living with MS
- Stretching with a helper
- Additional exercise information
Hippotherapy (Therapy Horseback Riding)
Hippotherapy is believed to be beneficial for people with walking difficulties because the rhythmic movements of the human pelvis while horseback riding are similar to those that occur with walking. In addition, the variations in the horse's speed, stride, and direction are thought to be beneficial for walking. There also may be some psychological benefits related to developing a bond with the horse, developing relationships with the therapist and other riders, and simply being outdoors. To get more information call 1-800-344-4867.
Yoga can be beneficial to people with MS as long as they find the appropriate class, teacher or video. More and more MS experts note that yoga, with its emphasis on relaxation, breathing, stretching and deliberate movements, is a good choice of exercise. Learn about Yoga.
Physical therapy helps to achieve and maintain optimal functioning and prevent unnecessary complications such as de-conditioning, muscle weakness from lack of mobility, and muscle contractures related to spasticity.
- What is physical therapy?
- How can physical therapy help?
- How is physical therapy paid for?
- What should I tell and ask my physical therapist?
MS Care Centers
The National MS Society launched a new clinical affiliation program in October 2009. We have initiated a review process for this program and will post a comprehensive nationwide list soon. Additional details can be found here.